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Published: Thursday, April 7 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Everybody Wang Chung Tonight
Riverton, Utah

The Church has realized for quite some time that the internet has, on the whole, been detrimental to missionary work and member retention. Recently, the Church has made a huge push to make its presence known on the internet and encouraged members to blog and participate in online discussions. If Church growth statistics and member retention numbers are any indication, the Church has a long, long way to go in this area.

For example, Daniel mentioned his website "Mormon Scholars Testify" but he didn't mention another website that it getting much more hits, "Ex-Mormon Scholars Testify". For every pro-LDS site out their, there are many more critical-LDS sites out there.

I applaud the Church in its efforts to make its internet presence more established, but it's obvious we have a long way to go.

Classic Mom
Grants Pass, OR

My life was touched and changed by that same talk by Elder Ballard. I'm blogging and my friends and I will start podcasting soon. Thank you for sharing your experience and sentiments. Proud to be Mormon and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Nod to Elder Packer)

z1freeride
Salt Lake City, UT

I looked over the Mormon Scholars Testify website. It's interesting the number that support the Theory of Evolution. I wonder if some of these scholars also think that creating an "Evolution Scholars Testify" website would help convince the evolution-deniers. I don't think it would. And so, I don't think "Mormon Scholars Testify" does much in this regard either.

Jax
Bountiful, UT

Even here on the DNews in the Mormon Times section, there are very few members participating. Many that do participate often fail to intelligently articulate their position. I've been following Michael Ash's column for quite some time now, and the discussion usually centers around scientific evidence of the church and Book of Mormon. It is usually the most commented on column in the Mormon Times. His column provokes some interesting discussion and dialogue, but more and more the conversation is dominated by non-believers. I'm not sure if LDS people are just afraid of the subject, or find their position indefensible, or if they just don't know enough about the subject, or if they just aren't interested in anything faith challenging, but it is disappointing that more members don't participate. It seems that many members choose to drawn an invisible line between themselves and the non-believing majority that shall not be crossed. That's too bad. If you believe it, don't be ashamed of it, study it, teach it, defend it.

z1freeride
Salt Lake City, UT

@Jax

It's a difficult thing to do because many times the only answer is "just have faith." Sometimes this is an embarrassing thing to admit. If you have no reason or evidence to justify your belief, then how do you know that you are right?

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